“Any way they can.”
It was the bad old days of the Reagan Administration. i was living in Santa Cruz and rapidly ditching my liberal Democrat roots and becoming an anarcho-feminist.
Reagan wanted to reward his campaign contributing oil company friends. So he proposed permitting off shore oil leases on the California coast. This was fantastically unpopular among Californians.
Still Reagan wanted to pretend that there was concern for the public’s opinion and he sent his secretary of Interior, Don Hodel to talk with the people of Santa Cruz. Hodel brought with him some oil company PR flacks who showed how this oil 1) was desperately needed and 2) how the major oil companies had a great record with safe recovery of oil from off shore and 3) had no real alternative. The audience was totally not buying it.
At the last minute Rabbit and i decided to go to the public hearing. It was jammed. So was the list of people who wanted to comment critically on the presentations of the oil companies and the secretary of the interior.
Rabbit was not deterred. He went up and spoke to the moderator of the event. He promised he would talk for less than 30 seconds. He would wait for his moment and when the moderator signaled him he we jump up quickly. The moderator being a flexible Santa Cruz type permitted this extraordinary action.
When Rabbits 15 seconds of super stardom was signaled he jumped to the podium. “Secretary Hodel, as you can tell by the comments in this room the plan for off shore oil drilling is fantastically unpopular here in California. So i have just two things to say to you. 1) There are some people in this room who will stop you any way they legally can”
“2) And there are other people in this room, who will stop you anyway they can.” Rabbit bounded from the room and it took the moderator well over 30 seconds to get the room to calm down.
No additional oil drilling took place off the California coast.